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Blackness Castle

| West Lothian, Edinburgh EH49 7NH, Scotland
+44 1506 834807
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Built in the 15th century and massively strengthened in the 16th century as an artillery fortress, Blackness Castle has been a royal castle, prison, armaments depot and film location for Hamlet and the BBC production of Ivanhoe. Blackness Castle is often referred to as ‘the ship that never sailed’ due to its great stone ship appearance. From the castle you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Firth of Forth and Fife. Open all year. Winter closed Thurs and Fri.
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| West Lothian, Edinburgh EH49 7NH, Scotland
+44 1506 834807
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Cycled with friends along coast from Edinburgh to Blackness Castle. Beautiful route and a great place to stop. You are always made welcome and Graeme “the piper” is a great host. We were treated to the skirl of his pipes as we travelled along the...More

Thank AlexCath0206
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at Blackness on our Outlander day tour and sadly the ticket lady had locked up a half hour early and was gone. So we could not go inside. But let me tell you, the feeling of that place is no joke. So cold...More

Thank hellmom
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a partially ruined building right on the river! I think the reason we wanted to see it and take photos was because it was atypical for a castle and held a lot of history of a prison and a garrison for soldiers. It's...More

Thank sgphoto
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is worth visiting as it is different from many of the castles of Scotland. Far more of a military installation, it shows the strategic position needed for defence and how this was done.

Thank Kelcardon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoy the castle and what surrounds it, well looked after, the surrounding area has lots of walks and nice little souvenir shop where you can get a coffee and a bite to eat

Thank Isa186525
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely castle and of course it is an Outlander filming location. They used the castle as Fort William where Jaime was brutally whipped. The castle is not small, you can go up to the very top, it offers a lovely view. You need to buy...More

Thank kammedli89
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of history, not too expensive to enter, and allows you to get out of the main drag of Edinburgh. The Castle made an appearance in Outlander too, which is cool for any fans of the show.

Thank Katiepotatiesyd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Blackness Castle is interesting, and is in quite good condition. Its best feature is probably the view of the castle from the river. I thought the presentation of its history was a bit on the ho-hum side, but much of the history was very late...More

Thank Eirewolf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tremendous castle - we took the Outlander tour and the castle did not disappoint. I loved the uneven, roughly-hewn floor.

Thank Tracy_ANTCC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Blackness Castle was used as Fort William in the Outlander series. Very bleak, cold, windy, rocky, right on the water. I don't know how any prisoners could have survived winter there. Fascinating to visit.

Thank stormcastle48
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13 May 2016|
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Response from Gonelocal | Reviewed this property |
You can get either a direct train from Edinburgh Waverley to Linlithgow, takes about 20 mins and runs very frequently, or take a bus from Edinbugh to Linlithow. Currently the First Bus services are the 38 direct or 22 and... More
11 April 2016|
Response from Gonelocal | Reviewed this property |
To answer the driving time, Blackenss is easy to get too and doesn't take long allowing you to explore the Castle and also into Linlithgow for seeing the Palace or into South Queesferry for a view of the Bridges etc. From... More
25 June 2015|
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your enquiry. It is possible to take a train or bus to Linlithgow. For up to date information on public transport options, I would recommend checking on the Visit Scotland or Traveline websites. Enjoy... More